On the 12th March 2017 a recreation of the 1972 League Cup victory parade will take place around the streets of the City of Stoke – on – Trent. The idea came from former Football League referee John Hilditch through a facebook conversation with Ant Munday, Lord Mayor of Stoke – on – Trent after Ant had seen “Fishtail”, the original bus used to transport the team across the city on their victory parade. John is also a part of Stoke City Old Boy Association (SCOBA) who loved the idea and the team set about getting it organised and growing it into a classic vehicle cavalcade.
Rob Ledgar from the Boots Bats N Balls show on 6TR spoke to the Chairman of SCOBA John Ruggerio, John Hilditch and Ant Munday on Saturday 28th January, Listen Again to the interview on the Youtube link below.
Following the event there will be a luncheon at the King’s Hall in Stoke where the players and their families will be celebrated. For more information please see below
To enter your vehicle into the League Cup Cavalcade see the invite below from the Lord Mayor:-
Dear Vehicle Enthusiast …
The Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke-on-Trent (Councillor Anthony Munday)
would like to invite your club/organisation to take part in the Reprise of the 1972 Stoke City League Cup Bus Tour around Stoke-on-Trent(accompanied by 200 vintage / enthusiast vehicles)
to take place on Sunday 12th March, 2017 at 9.00 a.m.
“Given your organisations vast collection of incredible vehicles and passion for the world of automobiles, the Lord Mayor we would love you to advertise this charity event to your members.
The parade and lunch to follow, is raising money for his nominated charities, Lou Macari Homeless Centre, Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation and North Staffordshire Heart Committee.
For promotion: If you know of anyone wishing to take part in the parade and exhibit cars, it is £10 per car. Tickets for lunch at the King`s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent are £40.
The cup winners including Gordon Banks, Denis Smith and Terry Conroy will be aboard the 67 year old original bus from 45 years ago when they restage their homecoming on Sunday 12th March.
To book please call the Lord Mayor`s Office on Tel: 01782 232625 – 232751 – 231924.
The route on the day will be:
bet365 stadium – depart at 12pm.
Stanley Matthews Way
Left turn on to Trentham Road towards Longton town centre
Weston Coyney Road
Park Hall Road
Arrive at Kings Hall at approximately 1pm.